Notice of Receipt - Petition to Amend Energy Commission Decision
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STATE OF CALIFORNIA

Energy Resources
Conservation and Development Commission



NOTICE OF RECEIPT
PETITION TO AMEND THE ENERGY COMMISSION DECISION FOR THE
ELK HILLS POWER PROJECT (99-AFC-1C)


On April 30, 2003, the California Energy Commission (Energy Commission) received a petition from Elk Hills Power, LLC, to amend the Energy Commission Decision for the Elk Hills Power Project (EHPP). EHPP is a nominal 500 MW natural gas-fired, combined-cycle power plant located within the Elk Hills Oil and Gas field, approximately 25 miles west of Bakersfield, between the communities of Buttonwillow and Taft, in Kern County. The power plant is currently under construction, and is scheduled for commercial operation in June 2003.

DESCRIPTION OF PROPOSED MODIFICATIONS

Elk Hills Power is proposing to (1) increase the startup and shutdown emission limits for nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, and volatile organic compounds on an annual, daily, and per event basis, with a corresponding change in the quantity of offsets to be surrendered to the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution District, (2) modify the operation of the cooling tower to improve water use efficiency, which will result in a slight increase in particulate matter emissions, and (3) increase the power of the emergency fire water pump engine.

ENERGY COMMISSION REVIEW PROCEDURES

The purpose of the Energy Commission's review process is to assess the impacts of this proposal on environmental quality, public health and safety. The review process includes an evaluation of the consistency of the proposed changes with the Energy Commission's Decision and, if the project as modified, will remain in compliance with applicable laws, ordinances, regulations, and standards (Title 20, California Code of Regulations, Section 1769). Energy Commission staff is currently reviewing the request and will publish an analysis in the next few weeks. A public hearing for the purpose of approving or denying the amendment proposal will subsequently be held at a regularly scheduled Energy Commission business meeting.

This Notice of Receipt is being mailed to interested parties and property owners adjacent to the project site who may want to participate in the amendment process. If you would like to receive a copy of the petition to amend the project, staff's analysis, or the Energy Commission's Order if the modifications are approved, please complete the enclosed Information Request Form and return it to the address shown. If you have questions or wish to make comments regarding these proposed project modifications, please contact Nancy Tronaas, Compliance Project Manager, at (916) 654-3864, or by e-mail at ntronaas@energy.state.ca.us within 14 days of the date of this notice.

For further information on how to participate in this proceeding, please contact Ms. Roberta Mendonca, the Energy Commission's Public Adviser, at (916) 654-4489, or toll free in California at (800) 822-6228. If you require special accommodations, contact Lourdes Quiroz at (916) 654-5146. News media inquiries should be directed to Assistant Director, Claudia Chandler, at (916) 654-4989.


Date online May 8, 2003

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TERRENCE O'BRIEN, Deputy Director
Systems Assessment & Facilities Siting

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